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The Apology Line

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If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.

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If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.All episodes are available now. You can binge the series ad-free on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Marissa Bridge has only had a premonition twice in her life: one was on the day in 1981 that she met “Mr. Apology.” As posters for the Apology Line appear all over New York City, callers start to leave messages that confess their deepest secrets and darkest fears. Mr Apology quickly realizes he will have to do more than just sit back and listen. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Comments (107)

kael hileman

one more commercial before the actuall show and I'm outa here lmao the show sounds cool but every new note on the feed is just an add

Jun 5th
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Be

Holy shit... I have too much experience with women who have been through abuse and have gotten out as well as women who are currently trying to break free. If there are any women who are actively in an abusive relationship who are listening, it most certainly is not your fault and you do not deserve to be abused! I hope you find whatever you need to break free and live the life that you deserve and not a life you are stuck in due to circumstances and trauma. NO ONE DESERVES TO BE ABUSED!

Feb 8th
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bluehaze73

u could of prevented ppl from dying. this is what u call art.

Jun 9th
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J J

I found the phone call audio recordings to be too difficult to listen to. Just the quality is so bad- I understand it's the nature of the program but I just couldn't get past it. Really wanted to like this one.

Jun 1st
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Stephanie Zaragoza

omg that is so creeeppyyyy getting that death threat! so scary

May 23rd
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Loopy

Thanks. This story had me intrigued from start to end.

Apr 29th
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Ashley Loretta

Loved the whole podcast!

Apr 6th
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Gary Segadi

Thank you for sharing. Never heard of the apology line. Found each episode intriguing. Sorry for you loss.

Mar 22nd
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bob caygeon

A sad, tragic ending for a man who sacrificed so much for strangers at the expense of his own relationships. To the soulless person who took his life, you live each day with what you did, and I hope the guilt consumes you like a metastatic cancer. To Mrs. Apology, I hope you are doing well. Key West is a good place for a fresh start; congrats on joining 0ne Human Family that's accepting and less prone to judgement.

Mar 21st
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Death Doula ☠

Podcast Gold. Loved Every Episode.

Mar 13th
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Chesca

the first story where Allan teaches her a lesson by leaving her underwater. Dangerous both in action and the type of man/person that feels they can teach someone that way. maybe Richie had a point, maybe Allan was suppressing some dark desire...

Mar 10th
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Nada Clontz

This has been a fascinating story, thank you for sharing it with us! Now I would really love to see it as a TV series or a movie, like Dirty John. Who would play Allan?

Mar 4th
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Taylor

the story ws interesting but damn, a different voice would of been great. Such a monotone, boring, voice made it hard to get through and the ending was complete trash. Even if the ending isn't super exciting you would think they would try to make it wrap up in a interesting way.

Feb 24th
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Susan James

I also think this was a fascinating story, with so many facets. I get the art project concept and while it is viewed in that context, there was no responsibility for anything that transpired or the content of the calls. However ethically as a social/psychological experiment, it was unconscionable (maybe not at that time, but certainly now). There must have been an intrinsic moral aspect for Alan, though? He created something that really tore apart the fabric of morality and whether “confession” or “apology” is really healing guilt or shame. Art? Or philosophy as “art”?

Feb 24th
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April

This was a fascinating podcast.

Feb 23rd
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Kris Bensley

interesting pod topic ruined by god awful narration that tends to meander into irrelevant or self-endugent reflections and monologues. I found myself skipping so much to get to something interesting and the final reveal was a huge anti-climax. with better narration and writing this could have been good but as it is its quite a frustrating experience and the pay off doesn't outweigh that

Feb 23rd
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Camilo Herrera

the lady talking ruins the podcast

Feb 22nd
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Claire Voyant

Had so much potential but the narrator's droning voice made me lose interest.

Feb 21st
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Goomer Doctor

a good podcast could be made about the apology line,but I don't think this is it. Don't know what it is about it just seems missing something.

Feb 20th
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Alexandra Lorelei

Loved this whole story, even though it ended unexpectedly. Marissa is honest and a great narrator please leave her alone.

Feb 18th
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